If Leicester City's odds-defying, title-winning 2015/16 season taught us anything as football fans, it's that those silly £1 bets are absolutely worth it and we should put them on more frequently. Definitely.
Alright, so nobody has managed to 'do a Leicester' since that incredible feat, but there's no ruling it out, especially with the way 2020 has gone.
A global shutdown wasn't enough to stop Liverpool from winning their first league title in 30 years in record fashion, but the effects of the ongoing pandemic have made the start to the 2020/21 season interesting to say the least.
With the table still close after just eight games and the world as unpredictable as it's ever been, now feels like the perfect time to stir the pot a little more and assess who outside of the 'big six' is most likely to win the Premier League.
Nothing is ever impossible, but it's not happening, is it?
Burnley have been moving sideways for too long and look much more likely to slide into a relegation battle this season than upset the apple cart at the top.
Maybe things will change if that takeover comes through...
13. West Brom
Similarly to Burnley, it can't be ruled out entirely, but it doesn't feel very likely. At all.
The Baggies showed good fight in a 3-3 draw with Chelsea, but there's no chance of sustaining/upping that over the entire season.
Fulham have a lot of the blueprints for a classic Dark Horse: a rich, benevolent owner, an array of young talents, a hungry manager with ideas... check, check and check!
The problem is they have a tendency to play absolutely terribly a lot of the time.
11. Sheffield United
Second Season Syndrome (SSS) has hit Sheffield United harder than anyone. This return season to the top flight saw them finish 10th, but they look stuck in a relegation scrap this season.
With the right set of players, a wily old operator like Chris Wilder perhaps could push them for a shock title charge. Not with a Championship-level squad, though.
10. West Ham
West Ham seem to spend endless amounts of money and yet have very little to show for it.
Still, this summer saw some smarter arrivals and despite the preconception that David Moyes is a bad manager, he's making it work with what he's got. For now.
Can he win them a Premier League, though? He couldn't with Manchester United, so probably not.
This could've been an entirely different story if only that big-money takeover had gone through.
For now, though, Newcastle best hope Vince McMahon wants to get back into business with them if they want a Premier League anytime soon.
Not quite 'no chance in hell', but very, very little.
The Seagulls are beginning to take shape under Graham Potter and had been tipped for a strong showing this season.
A well balanced side who aren't afraid to play football and bring it against big clubs, could they go further with a bit of luck?
Checks table... oh they've won one game this season.
7. Crystal Palace
Palace have suddenly obtained a scarily good attacking roster. Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi, Eberechi Eze and Andros Townsend could be the ones to fire them up the table.
Towards a title charge though? Nah, no chance.
6. Leeds United
There's just something about Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds side that you can't quite put your finger on, but it's there.
They've got confidence, a tightly knit squad and a manager who's tactically adept and more than a little bit mental when he needs to be.
If anyone's going to do a Leicester, Leeds would be the first pick in a lot of people's minds.
They probably wouldn't be right mind you, but they'd still get picked a lot.
5. Aston Villa
From staying in the Premier League in the dying embers of last season, to Premier League winners. That would be doing a Leicester.
It may seem unlikely, but if Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley keep playing like they are, they'll be treble winners in no time. Obviously.
From a team that lost 9-0 in October 2019 to 2020/21 Premier League winners. Ultimate pub quiz trivia.
Southampton have gone from strength to strength since that humbling loss to Leicester - probably because it doesn't get much worse than a 9-0 home defeat - but the squad they've built under Ralph Hasenhuttl is an exciting one.
Danny Ings looked back to his best pre-injury and while they don't have a star-studded team, hanging around the top of the table long enough might just see them do the unthinkable.
Maybe Che Adams was right after all...
A Premier League title win for Nuno Espirito Santo's side would be the first team a national team has won a domestic trophy.
Joking aside, Wolves made the most of their Portuguese connections to assemble a well-balanced and very dangerous squad, which has seen them shoot into a regular top six fighter in the Premier League, despite only returning to the top flight in 2018.
Losing Diogo Jota knocks them down a touch, though.
With Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, there seems to be an air of magic surrounding Goodison Park.
Project Everton finally feels near completion; there's a style of play, an identity, and a belief that's knitting together the squad, coaching staff and fans.
Ancelotti needs the success just as much as the Toffees do, making it the match made in heaven.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Ballon d'Or too, while we're at it.
1. Leicester City
Nobody ever thought that Leicester would do it the first time, and doing it again sounds mental on paper.
They've built tremendously since their shock Premier League win, however, and are the prime example of a football club being run properly in the modern era.
They're now a regular top-four threat, and with the league being more open this season, this feels as good a time as ever to push for a (second) title win.
Source : 90min